Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Dear AATOP partners,
From October of 2012 to May of 2013, we have seen AATOP make progress in its first year! I have enjoyed meeting and sharing with you about AATOP. Your partnership and enthusiasm have been invaluable to the project. Thank you for bringing AATOP to a new level of awareness and participation in Chicago’s Asian American community! In the past 8 months, AATOP has:
- Formed new relationships and strengthened existing ones with Asian social services, legal networks, and community organizations
- Organized a Meet and Greet for attorneys with the Asian Pacific American Legal Advocacy Network (APLAN) in May 2013
- Held a human trafficking training with the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) in May 2013
- Held a general community forum in October 2012 and will hold the first Asian-specific community forum with our Filipino project partner, CIRCA Pintig, in May and June 2013
AATOP has been gaining momentum in the past few months and will be moving toward additional Asian-specific community forums and more opportunities for attorney and social service trainings in working with Asian trafficking victims. The planning process for these events is already in the works! With your help, AATOP will continue to explore culturally relevant ways to approach this issue in our city.
Just when AATOP is kicking off at a good speed, I am sad to say that I am ending my internship at IOFA. I graduate in two weeks from the University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration program and will be continuing my job search. I have enjoyed collaborating and meeting you all and hope that you will continue to be a part of AATOP. AATOP has been a productive and learning experience for me as I explored what it means to serve people well as a social worker.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In solidarity and for Chicago,
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Training To Assist Asian and Pacific Islander Victims of Human Trafficking
May 20, 2013
The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Complimentary program; 1.75 MCLE credits approved
· Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP) overview
· Introduction to Chicago-area API community
· Human Trafficking Legal Framework
· Practical considerations for representing API trafficking victims
Sehla Ashai, The International Organization for Adolescents
Allison Creekmur, Legal Assistance Foundation, Immigrants and Workers' Rights Practice Group
Diana Lin, Northwestern University professor, APLAN chair
Catherine Longkumer, Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services/A.T.L.A.S.S.T.
Linda Rio Reichmann, Child Law Consultant
This training is for attorneys interested in learning more about volunteering with AATOP to assist API human trafficking victims. Individuals who are not attorneys but work with potential victims are also welcome.
Training sponsored by the International Organization for Adolescents AATOP project, the Asian Pacific American Legal Advocacy Network,
and the Chicago Bar Association.
To register, visit www.chicagobar.org and go to the CLE seminar section.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Thank you all who came to the APLAN and AATOP Meet and Greet last Wednesday, May 8! We had a good turnout - 30 in attendance. It was our pleasure meeting with attorneys and other individuals who were interested in anti-trafficking work in the Asian American community of Chicago. AATOP has already connected with several of you from that night and we are looking forward to more future collaboration and progress around this issue.
|Enjoying hor d'oeuvres provided by the Chicago Bar Association (CBA)|
|Evening conversations between Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago's (LAF) Allison Creekmur, CBA's Linda Rio Reichmann, and International Organization for Adolescents's (IOFA) Shelby French|
|APLAN's Diana Lin gives an introduction to the work of the Asian Pacific American Legal Advocacy Network|
Thanks for your involvement and many thanks to the CBA for graciously hosting us for providing food and drinks!
Monday, May 6, 2013
|AATOP and one of our legal partners, The Asian Pacific American Legal Advocacy Network (APLAN), invite you to a Meet and Greet this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 to learn about human trafficking in the Asian American community in Chicago and meet other legal professionals who are interested in making helping trafficking victims!|
Minh Dang, a Vietnamese American woman from Berkeley, California, is being honored as a Champion of Change by the White House. In observation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, this award goes to 15 Asian Pacific American (APA) women who are "doing extraordinary work to create a more safe, equal and prosperous future for their communities and the country." Minh Dang is the executive director of Don't Sell Bodies, an organization that advocate for human trafficking victims. You can watch the award event live here at 1pm Eastern today.